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WBJ: Veterans Affairs picks 425 Eye for swing space

According to WBJ, Veterans Affairs has agreed to a lease at 425 Eye in the Mount Vernon Triangle. The lease is for 10 years with a right to terminate after 7. Veterans Affairs views 425 Eye as “swing space” that they will occupy on a temporary basis until their current home, the Lafayette Building, is renovated.

According to the article VA may begin their move as soon as June 2011. Hopefully we’ll hear similarly bright news about the ground floor retail soon.

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Durkl Block Party on May 30

If you can’t be at the beach what’s a better way to celebrate Memorial Day weekend than a block party? DURKL will be throwing an outdoor bash on Sunday May 30th from 11am-7pm in the parking lot at 452 K Street (behind the under-renovation office building). Several food trucks will be in attendance including Fojol Brothers and Sweetflow. Grills will be on site for those who BYOF and the party will have a variety of games including Bocce and Cornhole. The lineup of DJs and performers is on the flyer below.

For more information visit the event page on Facebook.

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Linked Up: I-395 Air Rights, Steuart, Merzi

Penn Quarter: The former Zenith Gallery (413 7th St NW) was subdivided after shuttering. Pitango Gelato opened in one space this past weekend and we learn that a new fast casual Indian concept called Merzi will open in the remaining space.

Mount Vernon Triangle: Washington City Paper follows up with Guy Steuart on our coverage of Square N-515 which yields a few quotes and an artists rendering. [WCP Housing Complex]

I-395 Air Rights – Jonathan O’Connell reports that Fenty is close to finalizing the sell the air-rights above 3 blocks of I-395 to Louis Dreyfus. This blog outlined the vision Louis Dreyfus put forth for the project in Feb 2009. [Washingtonpost]

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Signs and Ads

Over the weekend I noticed a new sign at District Crossfit and a massive amount of advertising for 425 Mass inside the Gallery Place/Chinatown Metro Station.

New sign at District Crossfit - 624 New York Ave NW

It’s also worth noting that the treebox hazard in front of 513 H Street NW the blog reported on in late April has been bricked over (HT: Bruce).

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Fiesta Asia Street Fair

The Fiesta Asia Street Fair is scheduled for May 22nd, from 10:00 AM to 7:00 PM at Pennsylvania Avenue NW, between 3rd & 6th Streets. Fiesta Asia Street Fair happenings include outdoor craft exhibits, live performances, food and open market vendors, interactive displays, martial arts demonstration, talent show, cooking demo, flash mob dancing and many more!

The Fiesta Asian Street Fair is sponsored by the Asian Heritage Foundation and admission to the festival is free.

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